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Join author Stuart Heritage and illustrator Nicola Slater, as they share their expertise in drawing and magic! Inspired by their book Jonathan the Magic Pony, whose magic tricks tend to go a little bit wrong… Children can join in the draw-along and then afterwards prepare to be amazed by Stuart’s own magic trick.
Use this video to support creativity in the classroom in art and English lessons and encourage children to give new things a try. They will learn new drawing techniques and a magic trick, which they could then practice together and share at home.
These videos were streamed as part of the Puffin Festival of Big Dreams, an online event which celebrated the power of children’s imaginations (and Puffin’s 80th birthday) during lockdown 2020. Thank you for dreaming big!
Introduction with Radzi Chinyanganya
Author Stuart Heritage introduces his book Jonathan the Magic Pony (who’s not as magic as he thinks!)
Nicola Slater teachers Stuart (and the audience) how to draw Jonathan the Magic Pony. To join in you’ll need a pen, paper, glue and strips of tissue paper, glitter or pipe cleaners.
Stuart shares his magic trick (3 cups and 3 balls) and then teachers Nicola (and the audience) how to do it
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The Story-Makers Show was known as Puffin Virtually Live up until March 2019. The content and ambition of the show remains the same: to give every pupil the opportunity to engage with authors and illustrators in their own classroom using the power of the internet.
We’ve re-named Puffin Virtually Live so that it’s easier for new teachers to discover it as part of Puffin Schools and to acknowledge that the show now premieres on show day, rather than being streamed live.
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